The overall objective of the TEN (Trentino Ecological Network) project (LIFE11 NAT/IT/000187) was to plan an integrated long-term management system and restoration programme that targets the Natura 2000 network under the jurisdiction of the Autonomous Province of Trento. The new management programme will encourage local responsibility, participation and integration; and be based on the approach of the Prioritised Action Framework (PAF) for Natura 2000.
Specific objectives were to enhance the management of Natura 2000 sites in Reserve Networks by local municipalities and communities; integrate local conservation policies into agriculture, tourism and other economic sectors; increase local participation of authorities and stakeholders from different sectors; establish programmes that ensure an ecological connection within the Natura 2000 network; and promote networking among neighbouring regional authorities, thus identifying priorities at the regional level and financial instruments for achieving conservation objectives.
The project developed a new model for the medium- and long-term management of Natura 2000 sites in the Province of Trento. The management model was based on three fundamental principles: integration, empowerment and participation. This should ensure the effective decentralised management of the provinces Multifunctional Ecological Network, thanks to the participation of institutions and local communities. According to the TEN strategy, proposed conservation actions must be integrated into local development processes, thus protecting nature and also providing opportunities for social and economic development. The project therefore delegated the safeguarding of Natura 2000 sites to local institutions, which are better able to identify needs and suitable strategies for conserving the specific characteristics of sites, while developing the opportunities offered by safeguarding these areas. To achieve its management objective, TEN outlined 39 actions divided into seven groups